And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea.
2 And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?
3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.
Although this book has been named after Esther, the courageous young queen, Mordecai is her best-supporting actor. Without the guidance and inspiration of Mordecai’s faith, integrity, and courage, Esther may not have developed the strength of character and faith in God that enabled her to speak up and save her people.
Mordecai is a humble hero, working quietly behind the scenes, serving a Persian king far away from his beloved homeland. Even the powerful, selfish, and extravagantly indulged King Xerxes recognizes the value of Mordecai, his humble, wise and dutiful servant.
When Mordecai becomes the second most powerful man in the land, he still remembers his fellow Jews and works hard to secure their well-being and their protection. He has learned what it means to love God and to love others, whether they are an orphaned cousin, his fellow countrymen and believers, or the pagan king of a vast empire.
How does your faith in God inspire you to seek the blessing, wellbeing and protection of others, in your home, amongst the needy in your wider family, in your workplace, in your community, and in your church? And even the wellbeing of those like King Xerxes, who do not yet believe in God?
Family Ministries Director
Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists